May 19, 2024
Tennis

Grigor Dimitrov – Tennis Player Profile

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov is regarded as the greatest male tennis player from Bulgaria in history. He was born in May 1991 in Haskovo, Bulgaria, and became a professional in 2008 after winning junior Grand Slam championships at the US Open and Wimbledon. In his career to date, Dimitrov has won nine trophies in the singles category. 

By beating Holger Rune in the championship match, he won his seventh title at the Brisbane International in 2024. Dimitrov returns to the top 10 for the first time since November 2018 after reaching the Miami Open final in 2024. He became famous in 2014, reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals and winning three titles on three surfaces (hard, grass, and clay). He advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals before breaking into the top 10.  

In 2017, he enjoyed the finest season of his career, making it to the Australian Open semifinals, his first Masters 1000 title at the Cincinnati Open and the ATP Finals, and finishing third in the global ATP singles rankings. He has been a staple on the ATP tour for almost ten years, having sustained a level of consistent success.

Personal Details – Grigor Dimitrov

Name – Grigor Dimitrov

Age – 32

Date of birth – 16th May 1991

County – Bulgaria

Weight – 179 lbs (81 kg)

Height – 6’3” (191 cm)

Birthplace – Haskovo, Bulgaria

Turned pro – 2008

Plays – one-handed backhand and right-handed

Coach – Jamie Delgado and Daniel Vallverdu

Net worth – $12 million

Residence – Monte Carlo, Monaco

Marital Status – Unmarried

Source of Income – Tennis prize money and endorsement

Endorsement – Wilson, Lacoste, Vitamin Well, Rolex, and Haagen Dazs

Endorsement Earnings – $5.5 million

Philanthropy – Grigor Dimitrov Foundation

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/grigordimitrovtennis

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/grigordimitrov/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/grigordimitrov

Career Stats (Singles) – Grigor Dimitrov

YTDRank – 10, W/L – 22/7, Titles – 1, Prize money – $1,262,520
CareerCareer high rank – 3, W/L – 435/280, Titles – 9, Prize Money Singles & Doubles Combined – $26,406,786

Career Stats (Doubles) – Grigor Dimitrov

YTDRank – 1245, Move – ^12, W/L – 2/1, Titles – 0, Prize money – $8,996
CareerCareer high rank – 66, W/L – 435/28056/76, Titles – 0, Prize Money Singles & Doubles Combined – $26,406,786

Dimitrov’s Early Life

Dimitorv’s father, Dimitar, is a tennis coach, and his mother, Maria, is a former volleyball player and sports teacher. The first time he held a tennis racket was at the age of three when it was given to him by his mother. By the time he was five, he was playing the sport daily.

His father was his coach in his formative years, but as he showed his ability in junior competitions, he made it plain that he would need to grow under different circumstances. When Dimitrov was sixteen years old, he went professional.

Dimitrov enrolled at the “Sanchez-Casal” academy in 2007 and received additional training from Pato Álvarez and Emilio Sánchez. Dimitrov began training in Paris, France, in March 2009. There, he enrolled in Patrick Mouratoglou’s tennis academy, where he stayed for the following four seasons until choosing Mouratoglou to be his 2012 coach.

Different Career Highlights

Here is the list of career highlights of Grigor Dimitrov:

  • 2017 Cincinnati Masters 1000 Crown (won)
  • 2017 ATP Finals (won)
  • 2023 Paris Masters (final appearance)
  • 2024 Miami Open (final appearance)
  • 2014 Wimbledon Championship (semifinal appearance)
  • 2017 Australian Open (semifinal appearance)
  • 2019 US Open (semifinal appearance)
  • 2014 Rome (semifinal appearance)
  • 2014 Canada (semifinal appearance)
  • 2016 Cincinnati (semifinal appearance)
  • 2018 Monte Carlo (semifinal appearance)
  • 2019 Paris (semifinal appearance)
  • 2021 Indian Wells (semifinal appearance)
  • 2022 Monte Carlo (semifinal appearance)
  • 2023 Shanghai (semifinal appearance)

Grigor and Titles

YearTitleTournaments
20131Stockholm (Indoor/Hard)
20143London/Queen’s Club (Outdoor/Grass)Bucharest (Outdoor/Clay)Acapulco (Outdoor/Hard)
20174Nitto ATP Finals(Indoor/Hard)ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (Outdoor/Hard)Sofia (Indoor/Hard)Brisbane (Outdoor/Hard)
20241Brisbane (Outdoor/Hard)

Some Interesting Facts About Grigor Dimitrov

Here are some interesting facts about Grigor Dimitrov:

  • His favorite shot is down the line backward.
  • His favorite tournament is Wimbledon; the playing surfaces are grassy and hard.
  • Dimitrov’s dream opponents are John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.
  • His favorite athlete is Tiger Woods.
  • In Europe, Grigor was ranked as one of the top five most remarkable athletes by Eurosport in 2014.
  • He writes three things he is grateful for each night before sleeping.
  • He also became an honorary citizen in 2016 in his hometown, Haskovo.
  • Dimitrov donated ventilators in 2020 to Haskovo Hospital to help those affected by COVID-19.
  • Grigor is actively supporting several Bulgarian and internationally-based foundations focused on helping children.

Grigor Dimitrov and His Love Life

Dimitrov has always had an active love life and has dated several tennis stars and singers. Here are a few of them:

  • Serena Williams (2012)
  • Maria Sharapova (2012-2015)
  • Nicole Scherzinger (2015 – 2019)
  • Lolita Osmanova (2020 – Present)

Why Did Maria Sharapova Break Up With Grigor Dimitrov?

Maria Sharapova, the former world #1, dated Dimitrov for almost two years before breaking up with him in 2015. They were often known as the power tennis couple and received immense love and attention from the media. They made their relationship public in 2013 at the Madrid Open and were often seen together supporting each other.

However, Maria realized it was not suitable for her to be in a serious relationship at that moment in her and Dimitrov’s career. Therefore, around the 2015 Wimbledon Championship, the two decided to end their relationship. Maria spoke about her breakup in her autobiography, ‘Unstoppable’ 2017.

She said, “I was supposed to be focused, getting prepared for my own matches, my own triumphs and defeats, on the largest stage of my career.”

Dimitrov and Roger Federer Connection

Without question, one of the tour’s biggest underachievers has been Grigor Dimitrov. He still plays with a technique similar to that of the Swiss master, Roger Federer. The Bulgarian celebrity frequently wears it with comparable clothing and equipment. However, unlike most younger players who look up to Federer, Dimitrov didn’t deliberately strive to emulate Federer’s style. Instead, it was how Roger Federer himself instructed him.

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